Rates & Dates: Boston Park Plaza 'Hybrid' package helps out the environment


The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is saving guests a little green with its Hybrid package. The overnight plan includes parking for one car for guests who drive a hybrid vehicle (all other cars will be charged $40 per night).

Nightly rates are $199 through July 5, $179 from July 6 through Sept. 6, $299 from Sept. 7 through Nov. 15 and $159 from Nov. 16 through Dec. 30.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
(800) 225-2008 and use rate code Hybrid

St. Maarten Sonesta honors moms with its 'Mum's the Word' plan

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten features the Mum's the Word plan throughout May, offering a fourth night free when three are booked.

The plan, priced from $373 per night, double, also covers daily breakfast and spa treatments for mom and one guest. Treatments include a 55-minute Swedish massage, a 55-minute facial and a manicure and pedicure.

All-inclusive rates are available; a minimum of four nights is required.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
(800) 223-0757
Web: www.sonesta.com/mahobeach

Temptation Resort Spa celebrates opening with 40% discount off rack rates

The Temptation Resort Spa in Los Cabos, Mexico, officially opened its doors Feb. 20 and is celebrating its opening with up to 40% off rack rates through Dec. 27.

Rates at the 149-room and suite, adults-only property range from $113 to $187 per person, per night, double. Amenities at the all-inclusive property include three restaurants, five bars and a disco lounge; a rooftop Jacuzzi; and a pool with swim-up bar and beachside and poolside cabanas.

Temptation Resort Spa Los Cabos
(877) 485-8367 in the U.S. or (800) 655-9391 in Canada

Manhattan hotel offers 'Suddenly Splitsville' plan

The Marmara Manhattan designed the Suddenly Splitsville package for guests who find themselves suddenly single and in need of a place to stay.

The plan, valid July 1 to Dec. 31, is priced from $7,250 per month for a furnished, one-bedroom apartment to $14,500 per month for a three-bedroom apartment.

The package includes a pint of Haagen-Daz ice cream and a bottle of Champagne; a one-year subscription to Divorce Magazine; a pass to the 92nd Street Y; 45-minute, in-room spa treatment once a month; wireless Internet; a copy of "Confessions of an Online Dating Addict" by Jane Coloccia; and a one-hour consultation with a real estate agent.

Marmara Manhattan
(877) 301-0294

Omni San Diego designs package to honor French artist

Through October, a selection of 12 Bernar Venet sculptures will be displayed along the San Diego waterfront, and the Omni San Diego has created the Sculpture Culture package to enable guests to see the art.

The overnight plan, priced from $229 and valid through Oct. 30, includes deluxe accommodations and overnight parking; croissants and cafe au lait from the hotel's Morsel's Specialty Coffee Bar; and a San Diego map highlighting the 12 sculptures on display and local French bistros.

Omni San Diego
(800) THE-OMNI
Web: www.omnihotels.com  

Rocco Forte's Hotel de Rome celebrates fall of the Berlin Wall

Rocco Forte's Hotel de Rome in Berlin is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a historic event with a two-night Fall of the Wall package.

The package covers accommodations; either a three-hour bike tour or a 90-minute car tour, tracing the path of the former Berlin Wall; and two tickets to either the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie or the Stasi Museum. The package, valid through Dec. 29, is priced from about $1,061 for two in a deluxe room or about $1,566 for two in a junior suite.

Other activities the hotel can arrange include a Trabbi Safari, a tour of the city driving a Trabant car; a graffiti workshop; and a Spree River boat tour.

Hotel de Rome
(888) 667-9477

Bermuda's 9 Beaches marks anniversary of island's settlement

The 9 Beaches resort in Sandys, Bermuda, reopened for its fifth season April 1 and is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the island's settlement with a resort credit offered through August.

In celebration of the anniversary, guests who stay at 9 Beaches for four or more nights through Aug. 21 will receive a $400 credit applied to the bill; the credit cannot be applied to watersports activities.

In addition, during the month of April the hotel will offer a 68-Degree Guarantee. If the temperature on the island does not reach 68 degrees during a client's stay, they will receive a $68 refund on their bill. Room rates start at $280 per night, double, and include daily breakfast.

9 Beaches
(866) 841-9009
Web: www.9beaches.com  

Guests can stage their own Bed-in at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Nearly 40 years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their Bed-in for Peace in suite 1742 at Fairmont's Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, the hotel is offering the Imagine package to commemorate the event.

The package covers accommodations in either a room or the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Suite; breakfast in bed for two or buffet breakfast at the hotel's Le Montrealais Restaurant; a CD featuring "Give Peace a Chance," which was recorded during the 1969 bed-in; and a commemorative copy of the song's lyrics.

The plan, valid through June 21, is priced at about $159 per night for a room or $481 for the suite.

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
(800) 441-1414
Web: www.fairmont.com  

Maui's Grand Wailea Resort offers 'Maui May Madness' promotion

The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui created the Maui May Madness promotion, valid for stays through June 5.

The promotion offers guests a $100 credit per night when staying three or more nights; free breakfast for kids ages 10 and under when accompanied by a paying adult; and discounted rates at the resort's golf courses.

Nightly rates in May range from $369 to $499 per room.

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
(800) 232-4604
Web: www.grandwailea.com  

Two Fla. hotels offer deal focusing on culinary delights of region

The WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and the WindMark Beach in Port St. Joe have teamed up to offer the Foraging the Forgotten Coast package on two weekends, in May and October.

The package is priced at $1,875 per person, double, or $2,125 per person, single, and is offered May 14 to 17 and Oct. 1 to 4. Included in the cost are overnight accommodations at the WindMark and two nights at the WaterColor Inn; a visit to the Apalachicola Estuarine Research Reserve and the Crescent Moon Farm; optional flounder fishing, oyster tonging and crabbing for blue crabs; and meals prepared using ingredients foraged from the area.

WaterColor Inn & Resort
(866) 426-2656
Web: www.foragingforgottencoast.com or www.watercolorresort.com  

Westin New York at Times Square celebrates Green Seal certification

The Westin New York at Times Square became the first hotel in the state to receive a GS-33 Lodging Properties Silver certification from Green Seal, a company that certifies properties as ecofriendly. To earn the certification, the Westin completed an extensive checklist with requirements such as offering in-room recycling, paperless guest registration and organic spa products.

To celebrate its silver status, the first Westin property to earn silver, the hotel is offering the Go Green package through May 31.

Priced at $349 per night for accommodations in a junior suite, the package represents a savings of $100 off the suite and includes access to the hotel's Executive Club Lounge. In addition, the hotel will mail guests a tree to plant at home as a carbon offset.

Westin New York at Times Square
(888) 627-7149 and mention rate code GREENPKG

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort plan includes meals, spa credits

La Posada de Santa Fe (N.M.) Resort & Spa, a RockResort, created an all-inclusive plan covering accommodations, food, spa treatments and activities.

Rates for the plan start at $175 per person per night, double, and include accommodations in a classic room; three meals daily; a $50 spa credit per person; a pair of admission tickets to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; and all taxes, gratuities and resort fees.

The plan is valid for travel through June 30 on rooms booked by May 31.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa
(866) 331-7625

Sceptre Tours offers six-night 'Tuscan Castle Vacation' plan

Clients are invited to spend six nights on the grounds of a Tuscan castle with Sceptre Tours' Tuscan Castle Vacation package. The plan is priced from $799 per person, based on quad occupancy, for travel from May 30 through March 25.

The plan includes roundtrip air from Boston, New York, Newark or Chicago; a car rental for a week; and six nights' accommodations in a two-bedroom guesthouse on the grounds of Montegufoni Castle, near Volterra, Italy. Additional nights can be booked for $79 per person.

In addition, group bookings earn agents extra commissions. Bookings with 10 passengers earn 15% on the land portion; bookings of 12 or more earn 15% on the land portion and 5% commission on the air portion.

Sceptre Tours
Phone: (800) 221-0924

Harbor Beach Marriott promotes 'Guaranteed Sunshine' package

The Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale is offering the Guaranteed Sunshine plan again this summer, offering compensation to its guests for inclement weather.

Available May 21 through Sept. 27, the package includes a $50 resort credit, with an additional $50 credit for each day that a 25% chance or greater of rain is forecast. Rates start at $279 per room.

Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
(800) 222-6543 and ask for rate code SSOK
Web: www.marriottharborbeach.com using promotional code SF8

Wyndham Garden Hotel in New York offers 'Subway Shuffle' program

The Wyndham Garden Hotel Manhattan Chelsea created the Subway Shuffle program, offering guests a seven-day MetroCard to get them around town.

The offer is valid on stays of three nights or longer through Sept. 7. Rates start at $189 per night, single or double.

Wyndham Garden Hotel Manhattan Chelsea
(212) 243-0800 and ask for promo rate plan SUBWAY

Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive creates 'Suite Retreat' two-night getaway

The Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles has created the Suite Retreat package for getaways through Dec. 31.

Suite Retreat features accommodations in the hotel's penthouse suite, breakfast for two served in the room, two 60-minute Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facials, two private yoga classes and passes to the Sports Club L.A.

The two-night package is priced from $1,500 per room, double, representing a savings of more than $2,000.

Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive
(866) LUXE-411
Web: www.luxehotelrodeodrive.com  

St. Lucia's Windjammer Landing pays 15% commission on new bookings

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St. Lucia has increased travel agent commissions from 10% to 15% on all new direct bookings. In addition, the resort has increased its Sun Dollars resort credit promotion and rolled back rates to 2008 levels, for a savings of up to 25%.

Valid through Dec. 20, the rate in Anthurium Lily suites is $200 and includes a $100 room credit; the rate for Hibiscus one-bedroom suites is $350 and includes a $175 room credit; two-bedroom villas are priced from $510 and include a room credit of $255.

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
(800) 958-7376
Web: www.windjammerlanding.com  

Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix features 'Sports Fanatic' promotion

The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix has created the Sports Fanatic package, offering tickets to the city's hometown Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association games.

The Sports Fanatic plan is priced from $499 per room and includes breakfast for two people, two premium tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks or Phoenix Suns game, transportation to and from the game, a team souvenir and a tour of Chase Field (the Diamondbacks' home field) or US Airways Arena (the home of the Suns).

Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix
(800) 241-3333

Rocco Forte's Augustine to open in Prague

The Augustine, the newest addition to the Rocco Forte Collection, is taking reservations for stays beginning May 14.

The 101-room property, located in Prague's Mala Strana district, is made up of seven historical buildings, including the 13th century Augustinian St. Thomas' Monastery.

It will feature a spa, a fitness center, four meetings rooms, a 90-seat restaurant and two bars. Room rates start at about $415 per night, double.

In addition, through Aug. 31, clients can book the Discovery package for the same rate, with a minimum stay of three nights required. The package includes breakfast for two and a 30-minute carriage ride.

Rocco Forte's the Augustine
(888) 667-9477

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